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Kathy

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10393)
    Performance
    (4828)
    Story
    (4845)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Why Wasn't I Born in January?"
    Overall

    I loved this book! There is a reason I'm not a terrific ice hockey player (other than I can barely stand up on skates). I was born in the wrong month. Who knew? I was hooked from the first sentence to the last. It is very reassuring to know that people who have changed the world we live in are maybe not that different from any of us, but were instead at the right place at the right time. This book will make us all want to go out and change our educational system, look at what country the pilot of our plane grew up in and marvel that our Scottish ancestors took time out from their violent inclinations to have kids. Malcolm Gladwell has a gift for taking on topics that I have not found that interesting and turning them into mind twisters that delight. If he will now explain our economy we would all be better of for it!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4306)
    Performance
    (3831)
    Story
    (3831)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "If U love mysteries&dogs U are going to love this!"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Have listened to probably 300 books, and this one is in the top 10, and darn close to the top.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. The book is fairly short, so keeps moving rapidly. I found myself sitting in a variety of parking lots (the dentist, my job, lunch date with a friend, concert parking, my own garage) not wanting to turn the story off. Scott and Maggie are a very compelling pair, that one wants to see be safe and happy...but there are a lot of obstacles in their way, but I was there rooting for them every step of their way.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    It's close...both Scott and Maggie are great, but I have to say it was Maggie that had hold of my heart. I lost my great dog a couple of years ago, and Maggie brought back lots of memories of him, and his loyalty to me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It isn't a book that really made me do either...it was better than that! "Suspect" is suspenseful and interesting. The segments written from Maggie's perspective were terrific, and again, when I would think about the behavior of my dog, made absolute sense. The author must have a great relationship with a dog, to have written it so well.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this pair of characters become a series of books...I haven't had nearly enough of them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18771)
    Performance
    (16974)
    Story
    (17114)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Much Better Than Hunger Games!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    I found listening to this book while Congress debates emigration reform an interesting experience. Roth's concept of segregating population by personality tendencies translates well into our history of religious intolerance, racial prejudice, gay bashing and emigration "self-deportation". The story moves quickly enough to keep one engaged and slowly enough to fuel thinking on all of the above mentioned real-time issues facing us. It is a story that walks the line between the fantasy of the future and our prejudicial history and is incredibly entertaining while doing it. More than once I sat in my garage, unwilling to stop the audio long enough to walk in the house and stick the ipod in the Bose! It also made me wish we had politicians with even a particle of the humanity and bravery of 16 year old Triss.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have listened to several of books Emma has read, and she is great. I have to say this is my favorite however. Emma is capable of portraying hostility and tenderness or anger and fear all in the same scene, and be believable portraying them all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure...only it is never a possibility, but waiting for the next "listen" is part of the fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I imagine this book is written for the same age group as Hunger Games...but I left that age so long ago, I only vaguely remember it (!)...but loved the book and am excited to read the next one. I hope someone is writing the screen play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28315)
    Performance
    (22049)
    Story
    (22269)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "A Lesson to be learned..."
    Overall

    I have read reviews of this book voicing disappointment in the ending. I think they miss the point. My husband says three things motivate politicians???fear, greed and fear. This final book supports this theory. There is a lesson to be learned about a society that functions this way. We all pay a price. When one looks at the level of violence of the first two books how did anyone think the pain of it all could be alleviated in the final chapters of the series. Emotional trauma inflicts pain as real as physical injury, unintended consequences can be as destructive planned outcomes, and love doesn???t concur all. The book ends as it should. I don???t think it gives away anything to say that in fiction as in reality, time does heal most things and we all need to learn how to be resilient. It is what will make survivors of us all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Seconds

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström, Kari Dickson (translator)
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    In this dark and gripping novel from number-one best-selling Swedish writing duo Roslund and Hellström, Piet Hoffman is the Swedish police’s most valuable secret operative. His cover is that of a lieutenant inside the ruthless Polish mafia, trying to take over amphetamine distribution within Sweden’s prison system. With this, his most dangerous assignment, success will mean a new identity and the freedom to start a new life with his wife and young sons.

    Howard says: "Forget the comparision - enjoy the read"
    "What Would I Be Willing to Give Up?"
    Overall

    I loved Three Seconds. The book is good from beginning to end and more than once I found myself sitting in a parking lot, unwilling to stop listening. It is a little difficult to deal with the addresses and character names, but if you have made it through the Larsson books you will do so here as well. The story line covers an area I have been curious about. How do those working under cover for law enforcement live???what motivates them, do they have families, what do the families know. This is a book that had me from beginning to end, and left me, long after I finished , wondering what I would be willing to give up to improve the world I live in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3611)
    Performance
    (2721)
    Story
    (2720)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Made Me Appeciate Living in Rural Idaho"
    Overall

    I loved this book. For once it didn't make people who live in rural America appear to be dolts! Walt is smart, compassionate, sexy and tough...and I could also add spiritual. There is plenty of action but it is the humor that I loved. He is surrounded by witty characters who made me LOL as I listened.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27625)
    Performance
    (14214)
    Story
    (14268)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "All the Meanings of Help"
    Overall

    The title The Help can be taken a lot of ways and when referencing this book they are all good. I grew up in the safety of the northwest during the 60's so when I remember the civil rights movement it is from newspapers and television. I met my first African American person when I went to college out of state. I intellectually understood the movement and was emotionally impacted by the injustice of segregation. I have thought of myself as a well informed and empathetic white person toward the cause of racial equality. But I knew almost nothing about segregation. The Help provided me a window into the fear the "help" had in letting their employers know their feelings, their potential, and their knowledge. For eighteen hours I got to experience being constantly on guard for how someone might misread a glance or take offence at one's presents in any random public place. I got to listen to Aibileen "help" a little girl gain the foundation to become a self-confident woman in spite of being raised by a mother who didn't have the strength or awareness to do it for her daughter. I listened as Skeeter slowly unlocked the shackles of prejudices of her home and her community. And I most related to Minny. Her rage and her toughness made me love her and ultimately her understanding of human nature made her my hero. The real meaning of the title is how this book "helped" me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18894)
    Performance
    (8733)
    Story
    (8763)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "If Only to be Half as Smart or Tough!"
    Overall

    I am as bummed as a person can get! I have finished The Girl Who Played with Fire. It is 18 hours long and I could have listened for another 18 easily. Lizbeth is smart, savvy, tough and cool and I would give my iPhone and all the apps to be like her! She is a computer genius and math wiz and the author, Stieg Larsson, must have been as well, because I envision a wall full of character equations to keep track of everyone and all of the plot twists and turns. If you haven't listened to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I envy you because you have it to look forward to and I have in my past, but listen to it first or you will be lost by all of the characters. In Played with Fire, the author will keep you absolutely tuned in because it feels like if you miss a name, or location, or computer file title you may miss a major story line. I found myself skipping back to catch details because I didn't want to miss anything. I can't wait till the next book comes out but then I will go into mourning because it is the last from this author. It is a loss.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (250)

    Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

    Carolyn says: "Crazy storyline but enjoyable"
    "Love Conquers All"
    Overall

    Mariah could give us all hope that we can be stronger than we think, wiser than might have been expected and more generous than is deserved. As the leading character in Keeping Faith, I found her to be interesting and learning more about her and her daughter Faith kept me listening. Religion has always been a bit of a mystery to me and listening to how miracles might be examined from a number of different perspectives was an interesting thought examination. I enjoyed the book very much and will probably listen to the author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art.

    ChellyBelle says: "Engrossing"
    "Creepy art can make a great mystery!"
    Overall

    This was my second Greg Iles "listen" and I loved it. The story is about an artist who is apparently murdering his subjects and not only did I get all wrapped up in the story but my imagination went wild trying to invision the paintings that were the "evidence" in the murder cases. Listening to Mr. Iles's books can cause you problems however...you will end up listening when you should be doing many other things.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Another Country

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. Another Country is a work that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago - and expertly narrated by Dion Graham.

    Kenneth says: "Powerful and sad"
    "Couldn't wade my way through this..."
    Overall

    I made it half way through this audio book and simply couldn't keep going. The storyline is an interesting one but the author's over indulgence in using as many words possible in every description of every setting, character response and character insight eventually bogged me down to the point that I began to hate my ipod. I'm such a cheapskate...I was determined to finish the book so to not have wasted my money...but finally decided my sanity must be worth more! Call me shallow but I am now ready for some mindless mystery.

    2 of 21 people found this review helpful

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